Oregon representative reacts to violence at U.S. Capitol
Rep. Christine Drazan said she felt disheartened when watching the violent scene that unfolded at the nation's Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
"The destruction of property and violence is always abhorrent and unacceptable," said Drazan, R-Canby.
Drazan represents Oregon House District 39, which includes Estacada, Eagle Creek, Barton, Beavercreek, Boring, Canby, Carus, Charbonneau, Fischers Mill, Mulino, Redland, rural areas of Oregon City and portions of Damascus and Happy Valley.
As Congress began certifying the win of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 6, insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building, leading to an evacuation. One woman was fatally shot by police and three people died of apparent medical emergencies as a result of the incident.
Biden was certified as president-elect early Thursday, Jan. 7.
"As a nation, we're just as resilient as ever. We're going to recover from this and move forward. We're going to have a peaceful transition of power," Drazan said. "We can weather the storm, and we will. Our confidence in our system of government is an appropriate confidence."
In a statement on Twitter, Drazan noted that, "violence and destruction of public property is not peaceful protest. We are a country of laws, and they must be upheld."
She added that it is important for leaders to continue to create opportunities to engage with citizens.
"The hardest thing about what we're seeing about both Portland and (Washington) D.C., is that the vast majority of people are showing up to peacefully protest and engage in civic life, but recently a small number of people have created a lot of harm and destruction of public property," she said.
Restore order. Protect public safety. Secure the chambers. Secure the Capitol.— Christine Drazan (@ChristineDrazan) January 6, 2021
Violence and destruction of public property is not peaceful protest. We are a country of laws and they must be upheld.
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